Reports said at least 127 people were killed in 6 Muslim terror attack across Paris Friday, including 100 who died in a popular Paris concert hall where attackers seized hostages. It's said to be the deadliest violence Paris has seen since World War II.
That was the simple but heartrending message posted on Facebook by Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, as bloody jihadist attacks in at least six locations were still underway in the capital of France on Friday evening.
Calls for prayer were echoed by every major U.S. politician, Pastor, and common Christians.
Donald Trump tweeted, “My prayers are with the victims and hostages in the horrible Paris attacks. May God be with you all.”
“My thoughts and prayers are with the people in Paris tonight,” tweeted Dr. Ben Carson.
“This is an attack not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share,” said President Obama, who also offered his prayers.
The president called it “a “heartbreaking situation,” and “an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians.”
Speaking briefly to reporters in the White House just before 6 p.m. EST, Obama stated, “We stand prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance that the government and people of France need to respond.”
Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) had spent a typical day on the campaign trial on Friday, talking about tax policy and health-care costs and his lengthy record. He learned of the attacks in Paris as he stepped onto his campaign bus in Concord, after an afternoon of campaign events.
Kasich launched into an impromptu prayer:
Dear Lord, we keep the families in Paris in our prayers, the children who've been frightened to learn of the death of their mom or their dad or their brother or their sister. We know this evil can be all around us, but we know in the end it's the strength that you provide, the hope ultimately that you provide, that can help these folks deal with this terrible tragedy and recover. And we'll stand with them, Lord, here across the ocean and the United States. We'll do the best to hold them in our arms, to be with them in this time of terrible grief and terrible tragedy."
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Prominent American politicians weighing in on Twitter all mentioned prayers.
“The horrifying reports coming out of #Paris are a reminder of why we must remain vigilant. The U.S. stands by our allies in France. Prayers,” tweeted Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: “My prayers are with the people of Paris, France. America will always have your back in the war against terrorism. Always.”
Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J.: “The terrorist attacks in France tonight are alarming and heartbreaking. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.”
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.: “Praying for victims of attacks in Paris and for those reportedly held hostage.”
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: “The reports from Paris are harrowing. Praying for the city and families of the victims.”
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush: “Praying for Paris tonight. America will stand with you against terror.”
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum: “Tonight we pray for and mourn with our French brothers and sisters. Today’s horror is another reminder that we must be vigilant against evil.”
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Paris tonight. This is truly horrific.”
Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.: “The American people stand with the people of France, our strong ally and partner, as they face these horrific attacks. #Paris #PrayForParis”
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc.: “All of Paris needs our prayers tonight.”
Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La.: “Our thoughts are with the people of France. Please say a prayer for Paris as they deal with this horrible attack.”
Rep, Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.: “My prayers are with the city of Paris and the French people for safety and healing.”
Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.: “Praying for the victims and their families in Paris.”
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.: “Prayers with Paris, those being held hostage and the families of those killed. Heartbreaking.”
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley: “Heartbreaking news from Paris. Praying for the country and its people.”
Ohio Gov. John Kasich: “Our prayers go out for the people of Paris tonight.”
Republican presidential candidates in Orlando, Fla., paused for a moment of silence and prayer after learning of the attack.